Day two of Byftpups Training Holiday

Day two saw me taking off early on the Sydney rail system for the ZIG ZAG railway.
I was at the station before dawn arrived (6am), to catch the CityRail - Lithgow intercity. Weather was less than stellar and deteriorated as the day went on. Would have been good to see the views on a clear day, but mostly for me it's just about experiencing a ride on the rails. I think there were nearly two hundred photo's from this day alone.. :( don't worry I've edited it down to about 100.. hehehe most have comments to explain things.

Easter Training holiday - Part B

This is a scenic journey and shouldn't be missed. It was close to my sole purpose for stopping in Sydney.. (yes I love riding the cityrail network (can't get the link to attach so ), so that was a good factor too!)

As always questions, comments & suggestions welcome.
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Sorry for the cut n paste below, just didn't wanna have to retype it all.. *hugs*

Please excuse the links I'm not really sure about posting here.. I hope you enjoy the pics... (and thanks to lowen_kind for his work over the last couple of weeks and inspiring me to post mine, and a host of others over the last couple of years.)

Over the next week, as I sort the photo's out I'm going to link to my photo's of the previous three weeks of my life.

Basically as a bit of a pick me up I decided to ride the rails between my hometown of Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney and return. I left Melbourne on the night of 21st of April Via the XPT run by Countrylink

Part A - Melbourne - Sydney XPT and Day 1 in Sydney.

Feed back is appreciated.. If there is a prefered way you would like me to post please let me know..

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It's how I live my life... 

I've come to the conclusion that I have lived a lot of my life in fear... 

I live in fear of everything.
Some examples:

I fear what will happen if I do something - what are all the consequences... Spend money on something enjoyable only to realise I haven't got money left after.

I fear letting someone love me incase they turn against me..

I love to ride - and I do it - but I let my fear control the way I ride, which in it's self is NOT safe. I end up making stupid mistakes.

I fear being bashed because of who/what I am. so I hide or avoid situations that might otherwise be enjoyable.

I fear lack of control - thus putting me in a negative light to other people, or making me look a bigger fool (which is another fear - that I'll look like a fool!)

I fear what other people think of me so avoid getting to close.

I fear being found out... about what I'm not sure.. 

I fear being gay.

These are but some of the first things that pop into my mind. there is just this constant stream through my mind where things are aborted because I fear something.. 

So that is one of the things that drags me down in my cycle of depression.. 

I'm in a goodish place at the moment.. I feel 'ok'.. I have some great stuff happening over the next few months.. Takin' myself off on a little train holiday/adventure... getting my teeth fixed up so I don't have to be overly conscious of my mouth - or fear getting a disease from bad teeth/gums.. I'm happy enough to be single. I'm not feeling the need as I normally do to be in a relationship...  House is sort of 'ok'.. Even sort of made peace with my work... 


I haven't had a big bout of the blues or worse the blacks in weeks... actually it's probably bordering on Months now that I think about it..


So life is OK.. 






 Well I haven't used this in nearly 2 years... O_o how time flies when your not having fun...  or maybe I am and just don't realise it... 


Is anyone still watching this?

Tell me do.. 




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Ahh what can I say?? It's funny.. it's sad.. best of all I think this must be the most used video clip in the world. I've seen people make video's of ALL sorts of things... Kawasaki bikes, VW's and something about His B'friend.. amongst the more memorable ones..

Enjoy.. *HUGS*

Book Review - 'Bareback/Benighted'

I've been thinking about writing this review for AGES...

Bareback as it is known in the UK markets and Benighted in the US markets is written by Kit Whitfield . Someone who I had never heard of, but hope to the dog that she returns with more words for me to enjoy.

I can't really think how to describe this book, it's part Sci-Fi, part crime, part romance, part literary masterpiece (it's certainly as well written as MANY classic masterpieces and a deal better than some of said pieces!)  It just doesn't sit in one genre, and it doesn't need to. I agree with Kit on what she has written in her FAQ's about 'the book' under the "Why" heading.

What can I say about this story that won't give the plot away, how can I intriuge you the reader to find this book and be blown away buy the characters,whose emotions are just so similar to ours, whose movement through life is just a little to close to the bone in some situations? Or maybe the plot which moves from simple murder to relationships and then on to the complicated aspects of establishing crime reasoning and emotional deconstructions?

Our lead character Lola, takes us on her journey through the world where she is the minority. when the rest of the world 'furs' up, she must go out and patrol for the recalitrant's and put them into care. She show's how hard her job is, how draining and how disenfranchising it can be to be part of that minority. She is we who are Gen X and Gen Y as we are now. Lola works for a governmental agency known as DORLA. it could be any agency quite frankly. We are introduced to people higher up the food chain and also at the same level. We meet Lola's family - well part of it - and see how even in the family Lola was a minority. We are introduced to Lola's love life or what passes for it.

We meet other players in the book who range from Ally the co-worker, Paul the social worker, Dick Ellaway the yuppie, Bride the co-worker/friend and Becca the sister amongst many supporting characters. Each character is given a complete personality with out laborious details being applied. Each person is created quickly and quite completely that it's hard to forget them. The realism in the people is like looking at what could essentially be anyone around you at work, at school or amongst your friends.

What essentially happens in this book is that Kit Whitfield has skillfully created a world just like ours, but with the alternate reality of the majority of the populace is born feet first, this is the norm, and what creates the divide for the minority who are born head first or if you want to use the jargon from the book - 'barebacks'. All the barebacks are conscripted to the agency DORLA - Dept for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activity but don't think 'Werewolves' cause you won't find that word or really that stereotypical activities/discriptions anywhere in this book. This is no fantasy for lovers of the four legged critters to fawn over, this is the real world and it's shown in all it's harsh realities and truths. We watch Lola stumble, walk, run or even sit/sleep through tense, happy, confusing, teary situation's and the list goes on as it does in our own lives. People are murdered and Lola must find the truth in this while her own life and that of her fellow agents are in jeopdy. Reader beware though as just as you think you see a plot device approaching you explode into a whole other direction, or have it taken away from you and replaced with a new idea, action or thought.

I think it would be fair to say that this book is going to be "THE" book I read this year.. it's going to move on to the top shelf and be re-read again and again. I was held to it pretty much from the start of the book. I sadly must admit I NEARLY didn't pick it up due to the title alone..  But as is with many of the great things in life they come at us from left field and this was deffinately there. I look forward to reading Ms Whitfields next tome 'In Great Waters'


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and I'll blow your house down."

The little piggy said "F" off or I'll sneeze on you."


Okies.. I'm sorry couldn't help posting this... seems we have 300+ swineflu victims here in Victoria, and it's spreading.. ~shrugs~ bring it on!


Also I know most people don't like the twilight series OR the films.. but just saw the preview for number 2 film and it was a definate must see..